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Take Five: Portland’s Top 5 Movie Theaters for Kids

Think beyond the arts and crafts box and head to a kid-friendly movie theater when you’re in need of a rainy day activity. Whether it’s family matinees on the cheap or in-house babysitting while you view a film, here are the Portland’s cinemas that cater to families.

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The Academy Theater
Babysitting and a play loft? No, you’re not dreaming… The Academy Theater is the best kid-friendly movie theater in Portland because they make parents’ lives so much easier when it comes to movie-going. They go above and beyond “mommy matinees” by offering to babysit your child in their play loft. You? Just watch a movie and unwind.

The Academy also offers double-feature Mondays, wherein kids can see two films for $4 and Two for Tuesdays (buy one ticket, get one free for same show only). Bonus: This theater is beautiful in ambiance and serves yummy food including Flying Pie pizza by the slice!

To Know: Babysitting are offered on Tues. & Thurs. – Sun. for shows starting before 8:00 p.m, and are by reservations only. It’s $7.50/children ages six months to eight years. Save time by filling out the Babysitting Release form before you arrive.

7818 SE Stark St.
Portland, Or 97215


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Hollywood Theater
Aptly named for a movie house, Hollywood Theater offers up lots of cinematic fun for families. Their Family Pictures monthly series is perfect for younguns. Parents as well will enjoy re-watching classic kid’s movies on the big screen. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons only, tickets are only $5/general admission and $2/kids 12 and under.

Older kids from ages 7-18 will also enjoy their animation workshopm, Animate It!, where kids can gain hands-on experience in bringing their imagination to life.

4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, Or 97212

Here’s a place where crying is allowed! From Tues. – Thurs., this location offers Mommy Matinees for the first showing. On these days, you’re welcomed to bring even the fussiest of babies along while you catch a G or R rated film. Also offered on Fri. – Mon. for the first two showings are Family Matinees films. You can’t beat the ticket prices either: $4/adults; $1/kids 11 and under; free for kids 2 and under.

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.
Portland, Or 97211


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Laurelhurst Theater
At the Laurelhurst Theater, children under age 12 can catch a kid’s matinee for the bargain price of just $2 (adult tickets are $3 for shows before 6:00 p.m.). An added bonus is that there are only five minutes of previews, and no commercials shown before the film. Check the theater’s schedule ahead of time to make sure a kid’s show is playing on the day you want to catch a flick.

2735 East Burnside St.
Portland, Or 97214

Valley Theater
Locals rave about the Family Matinees at Valley Theater, and all shows at all times boast the great bargain price of $4/person. Check them out for your next date night (after 8:00 p.m. no one under 21 is allowed) for drinks and a movie with your partner. Best of both worlds – family friendly during the day and grown-up friendly after the kids go to bed.

9360 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Or 97005

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